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NBAA Update #08-11
Monday, March 17, 2008

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Business Aviation News & Issues
FAA Releases Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder Final Rule
On March 7, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published its final rule for modifications to cockpit voice recorders (CVR) and flight data recorders (FDR). The final rule, effective April 7, will require modifications to CVR and FDR recording time, power supplies, sampling rates and installation locations. Due largely in part to objections raised by NBAA, the FAA will not require CVR retrofits that incorporate a two-hour recording capability and an independent power supply, for aircraft currently in operation under Federal Aviation Regulation Parts 91 and 135. Aircraft operators must address other aspects of the final rule by April 7, 2012. For additional information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at, or visit:

NBAA to Meet With DOT IG Over Recent NAS Study
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen last week secured a meeting with the Department of Transportation's Inspector General (DOT IG) to discuss a recent DOT IG study on use of the National Airspace System (NAS) by various aviation segments, including general aviation. "While we have several questions regarding the report, our understanding of what it says is very much at odds with some of the assertions that have been made about it," Bolen said. "As a result, we will be meeting with the IG in the near future to discuss the report." For more information, contact NBAA's Lisa Piccione at

ICAO Pres. Roberto Kobeh González to Be Featured Speaker at NBAA2008
NBAA has announced that International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) President Roberto Kobeh González will be a featured speaker at the Opening General Session of NBAA's 61st Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2008) in Orlando, FL. An aviation industry veteran, González has been recognized by the FAA, the Mexican government and the Central American Corporation of Air Navigation Services for his contributions to the industry. NBAA2008 will take place this year on Monday, October 6 through Wednesday, October 8, instead of the usual Tuesday-to-Thursday schedule, at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center and Orlando Executive Airport (ORL). For more information, visit:

ERAM Will Not Support Bulk Flight Plans
The FAA has started the process of replacing the legacy host computer processing systems at 20 air route traffic control centers (ARTCC) with the en route automation modernization (ERAM) program. ERAM will not have the flight plan storage capacity of the old host system and, as a result, the new system no longer will hold bulk flight plans or canned flight plans. The FAA is soliciting feedback regarding whether or not this creates an issue for customers. The agency will be sending a letter with more details within the next 30 days to flight departments currently using the service. For further information, operators may contact NBAA's John Kosak at

Improper Flight Plan Procedures Affecting New York Oceanic Airspace
NBAA has been advised that a number of operators are not following the proper procedures when filing flight plans into the New York Oceanic Control Area (CTA) and Flight Information Region (FIR), including the West Atlantic Route System (WATRS). This non-compliance negatively affects other aircraft operating in the airspace. According to ICAO requirements, all flights entering the New York Oceanic CTA/FIR must address flight plans to KZWYZOZX. Flights entering from domestic U.S. airspace or Bermuda must address flight plans to both KZWYZOZX and KZNYZQZX. Additionally, ICAO flight plans must be filed for operation on oceanic routes and areas in the WATRS Plus CTAs. For more information, contact NBAA's Operations Service Group at

NBAA Joins With Others to Host AAAE General Aviation Issues Conference
NBAA will join with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Aviation Management Consulting Group, General Aviation Manufacturers Association and National Association of State Aviation Officials to host the AAAE General Aviation Issues Conference, which will take place May 7 through 9 at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Los Angeles, CA. The conference will cover a range of notable issues affecting general aviation today and the challenges facing the industry in the future, as well as provide an excellent networking opportunity with prominent figures in the general aviation community. For more information, visit:

>Business Aviation Insider Features Forthcoming Security Protocols
The Department of Homeland Security is in the process of developing several new security requirements for overseas business jet flights as part of its continuing focus on general aviation (GA). The latest edition of Business Aviation Insider, the official Member publication of NBAA, features an article on the new security protocols, which include a demonstration program at foreign fixed base operators (FBOs) to validate specific processes used for screening of GA passengers and cargo at designated overseas airports (excluding Canada and Mexico) before business jets depart for the U.S.

Ground Safety Support Video Series Now Available to Industry
In support of NBAA's On-Demand Education initiatives, a three-part ground safety support video series is now available to the industry at no charge. The streaming videos – produced in cooperation between NBAA, The Home Depot, Inc., AIG Aviation and Marsh – focus on aircraft towing best practices. The main objectives include recommended safe operating practices for motorized tow vehicles in the vicinity of aircraft, best practices for using tow vehicles to move aircraft on the ramp and overall ramp safety topics. Watch these videos and access more on-demand courses at:

Cutter Aviation

Regional News
Comments Requested Regarding Hudson Bay ADS-B Exclusionary Airspace
NAV CANADA has asked for assistance in soliciting feedback from business aircraft operators flying over the Hudson Bay region. NAV CANADA intends to implement automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) out separation in high-level airspace over Hudson Bay in November. Operators should submit the avionics survey form to provide NAV CANADA with detailed equipage status and plans. Members are encouraged to contact airframe and avionics suppliers to confirm availability. NAV CANADA has identified three options for exclusionary airspace over Hudson Bay. The frontrunner is ADS-B required at and above FL350. Comments on this option and suggestions for alternatives are requested. For more information, and to access the avionics survey, visit:

Rhode Island Attempting to Eliminate the Aircraft Sales Tax Exemption
Rhode Island is joining the states of Massachusetts and New York in its efforts to eliminate the aircraft sales tax exemption. If successful, the state would impose a 7 percent sales/use tax on business aircraft, reversing the successful efforts made in 2005 by NBAA, the business community and other associations to repeal the sales tax on aircraft. The reinstatement of the sales/use tax would be damaging to several Rhode Island-based businesses and a step backward for aviation in the state. For more information, contact NBAA's Dean Saucier at

Dulles Construction To Affect GA Parking
Beginning around April 1, Dulles International Airport (IAD) will be undergoing extensive taxiway construction. Operators should check notices to airmen (NOTAMS) for the most current construction activity information. In addition, operators inbound to IAD should contact their FBO of choice prior to landing in order to obtain a parking location assignment. Operators should notify Dulles Ground Control of their FBO assigned parking area upon initial contact. For more information, contact Landmark Aviation IAD, Signature Flight Support IAD, Dulles Jet Center or NBAA's Harry Houckes at

Dulles Tower Requests Pilots Use Caution on Approaches
Dulles Tower at Dulles International Airport (IAD) continues to report incidents where pilots have lined up for what will be the new fourth runway at the airport, usually under day visual flight rules (VFR) conditions after being cleared for a visual approach.The airport has installed "X" markings on the new runway, which are lighted for night operations, but caution should be exercised until the new runway is activated and the north/south runways are re-designated. For more information, contact NBAA's Harry Houckes at

FAA to Implement New Chicago-Area Southbound Departure Routes
Effective April 10, the FAA will implement new Chicago south departures utilizing area navigation (RNAV) routes. These new routes will affect both Chicago International Airport (ORD) and all satellite airports in the Chicago area. This includes routes, airspace, sectorization and procedures. The FAA has provided a PowerPoint presentation designed to assist pilots in understanding differences and the associated reasons. For more information, contact the FAA's Mike O'Brien at Michael.O' or Bill Smar at To view the PowerPoint presentation, visit:

AZBAA to Host 7th Annual Scholarship Benefit
Members of Arizona's business aviation community will convene in Scottsdale, AZ on March 28 and 29 for the 7th Annual Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) Scholarship Benefit and Awards Dinner. Since its inception in 2002, AZBAA has awarded over 40 scholarships, worth over $50,000 collectively, to students pursuing careers in business aviation enrolled at an Arizona college or university. Former recipients have included students pursuing careers in business aviation operations, fixed base operator management, aviation law, airframe and powerplant mechanics and aviation safety. A limited number of event sponsorships still are available. For more information, contact AZBAA's Debbi Laux at (480) 333-3725 or visit the AZBAA web site at:

Kent Jackson Will Be Featured Speaker at PNBAA Meeting, Apr. 1
The Pacific Northwest Business Aviation Association (PNBAA) will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, April 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (The meeting had originally been scheduled for March 11). Aviation attorney and author Kent Jackson will give a presentation on operational control. The event will take place at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field (BFI) in Seattle, WA. For more information, contact PNBAA's Gene Clow at or NBAA's Kristi Ivey at

SDRAA to Host 2nd Annual Scholarship Fundraiser
The San Diego Regional Aviation Association (SDRAA), committed to supporting aviation education and advocacy, will host its 2nd Annual Benefit and Scholarship Fundraiser. The event will be held Monday, April 28 at Arrow Golf Club in Oceanside, CA. Attendees will receive complimentary greens fees, driving range use, cart, lunch, gift package and dinner at the awards ceremony. Last year's SDRAA event raised $10,000 for local aviation scholarships. For more information, contact SDRAA's Dave Richter at (858) 779-9625. Regional business aviation associations seeking ways to support their communities should contact their NBAA Regional Representative or NBAA's Dan Burkhart at To register or become a sponsor for the SDRAA event, visit:

Baldwin Aviation

Online Registration Now Open for EBACE2008
Attendees can now register online for the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2008), scheduled to take place in Geneva from May 20 to 22. Now in its eighth year, EBACE is the flagship forum for the European business aviation community to find products and services from the world's top vendors. Also at EBACE2008, the European regulators and government officials who make decisions that directly affect business aviation operations in Europe and around the world will meet face to face with the companies who are using aviation to facilitate their business. Register online today at:

Speakers from NASA, Boeing, IBM and Sprint to Be Featured at MMC
NBAA will hold its 23rd Annual Maintenance Management Conference (MMC) in Daytona Beach, FL from April 15 to 17. On Tuesday, the first day of the Conference, keynoter Patrick Simpkins, director of engineering at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will give a detailed presentation on the spaceflight hardware and ground systems used at the Kennedy Space Center. On Wednesday, Bob Manelski, director of crew information systems at Boeing, will update Attendees on the latest in advanced aircraft technology. Also, NBAA's Maintenance Committee Chair Jim Janaitis of IBM, and Vice Chair Brad Townsend of Sprint, will provide a "state of the industry" update from a maintenance perspective. To register, or for more information, visit:

NBAA Recognizes Three New Certified Aviation Managers
NBAA congratulates three individuals who successfully passed the Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Examination in January and have earned the official title of Certified Aviation Manager. They are: Gib Harris, chief of maintenance, Nationwide Insurance; Craig Jones, maintenance supervisor, Sentient Flight Group; and Dean Walters, aviation director, Jackson National Life Insurance Co. Through the certification process, NBAA and the CAM Governing Board seek to raise the level of professionalism and quality of management within flight departments. Computer-based testing currently is underway, and the next paper-based CAM Examination will be administered on April 18 in Daytona Beach, FL, in conjunction with the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference. Read the full press release at:

Podcast on Leadership and Ethics Is Now Available
Attendees at last month's NBAA Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX, were able to hear a presentation by speaker Andrew C. Wicks, PhD, co-director of The Olsson Center for Business Ethics at the University of Virginia, entitled "Everybody's Business: Leadership and the Challenge of Ethics in Management," which is now available to NBAA Members as a podcast recording. Members also can download and review other selected session handouts related to safety leadership and workplace diversity. To access the podcast and session materials, visit:

Video Presentations Now Available From NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference
Ten video recordings with synched slides, originally presented at the 2008 Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Conference in Savannah, GA earlier this year, are now available for purchase via streaming video and CD-Rom. Session recordings include topics such as flight planning, personal and entertainment use of company aircraft and security, among others. Members can choose to purchase the full seminar, International Topics Package, Flight Operations Administration Package or individual sessions. S&D Conference Attendees are eligible for discounted rates. For more information, contact NBAA's Jo Damato at, or view the full list of available courses, at:

Call For Nominations: NBAA CAM Governing Board
The NBAA Certified Aviation Manager Governing Board (CAMGB) is calling for nominations for one director position and one public-at-large position. Nominations for either position must be received by June 1, prior to the CAMGB meeting scheduled on June 9 through 11 in Washington, DC. Nominees for the director position must be a current CAM in good standing. Nominees for the public-at-large position must not work directly for a company whose primary source of revenue is aviation. Both of these positions are three-year terms. Submit nominations to NBAA's Jay Evans at (202) 783-9353 or

NBAA Headquarters Closed for Spring Holiday
NBAA's Washington, DC Headquarters will be closed on Friday, March 21 in observance of the Association's Spring Holiday. The office will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 24.


Upcoming NBAA Events
Business Aviation Regional Forum
March 27, 2008, San Antonio, TX

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
March 28, 2008, San Antonio, TX

IS-BAO Implementation Workshop
April 9, 2008, Raleigh, NC

Maintenance Management Conference
April 15–17, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

PDP Course: Managing the Aviation Safety Program
April 18, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

PDP Course: Technical Operations: Policies and Procedures Manual Development
April 18, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

Certified Aviation Manager Exam
April 18, 2008, Daytona Beach, FL

Business Aviation Regional Forum
April 24, 2008, Las Vegas, NV

PDP Course: Customer Service
April 25, 2008, Las Vegas, NV

Emergency Response Planning Workshop
April 28–29, 2008, Palm Harbor, FL

53rd Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar
April 29–May 1, 2008, Palm Harbor, FL

2nd Annual Safety Standdown Europe
May 19, 2008, Geneva, Switzerland

8th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2008)
May 20–22, 2008, Geneva, Switzerland

Business Aviation Taxes Forum
May 30, 2008, New York, NY

Business Aviation Regional Forum
June 26, 2008, Dayton, OH

13th Annual Flight Attendants Conference
June 27–28, Tucson, AZ

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